Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Grosvenor Grammar building a new sound

Grosvenor Grammar school hit all the right notes in the Waterfront Hall last week thanks to the Ulster Orchestra’s associate composer dropping by their school to give students some musically tailored advice.

The students recently celebrated the completion of a state-of-the-art music department by performing compositions they created, with the help of composer Ian Wilson and Ulster Orchestra musicians, to 120 guests at a reception prior to the Ulster Orchestra New Year Viennese concert.

The music composition project called ‘Foundation’ facilitated music workshops for eight of the school’s AS music students with key representatives of the orchestra.

Robin McLoughlin, headmaster at Grosvenor Grammar school said: “The Foundation project has been a fantastic experience for our music students — we are immensely proud of their achievements inspired by the move into our new state-of the art school building.”

‘Foundation’ was a music composition project made possible by the Arts & Business Reach investment programme.

The project’s aim was to encourage the participants to look at the theme of new beginnings and compose a two minute piece of music in celebration of the new build.

Lydia Gamble, head of marketing and development at the Ulster Orchestra said: “We are delighted to be able to facilitate creative music projects that allow the Patton Group to hit key business priorities.

“Arts & Business Reach investment in projects like this helps the Orchestra achieve its targets of reaching new audiences and offering increased access to music in partnership with key sponsors such as Patton Group.”

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